Some Texas residents to view wildfire devastation

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas (AP) - Some residents of a wildfire-ravaged Texas recreational area will be allowed to view the devastation firsthand as they begin to think about whether they can rebuild their homes.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Janice Gakin says law enforcement officers will escort residents through four areas of the fire-ravaged Possum Kingdom Lake region Friday.

Gakin says the residents will be taken through between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with strict security to keep out looters.

Gakin told The Associated Press that 159 homes have been destroyed in the flames that started more than a week ago about 70 miles west of Fort Worth.

Possum Kingdom Lake is a popular fishing and boating community of about 3,000 houses. The area has lost nearly 148,000 acres to wildfires. The blazes were about 25% contained by Friday.